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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: create two new offences in respect of imported illicit tobacco based on recklessness; and allow Customs officers to investigate certain new illicit tobacco offences that are proposed to be contained in the
    Taxation Administration Act 1953

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Amendment Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to separate VET student loan debts from other forms of Higher Education Loan Program debts and establish VET student loans as a separate income contingent loan; and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to allow the courses and loan caps determinations made by the minister to incorporate, by reference, any matter contained in an instrument or other writing as in force from time to time. Also makes consequential and contingent amendments to 10 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: provide that, when an unlawful non-citizen is in the process of being removed to another country and the removal is aborted, or is completed but the person is not permitted entry into the receiving country, and as a direct result the person is returned to Australia, then that person has a lawful basis to return to Australia without a visa; provide that, when such a person does return to Australia without a visa, the person will be taken to have been continuously in the migration zone for the purposes of certain sections of the Act which bar the person from making a valid application for certain visas; and allow the department to use an online account to provide clients with certain legally required communications;
    Customs Act 1901
    to: allow the department to make a recoverable payment to a person who is entitled to it; and make technical amendments; and
    Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978
    to insert a new head of power so that regulations can prescribe the charging and recovery of fees for, and in relation to, the payment of passenger movement charge or an amount equal to the charge. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Jobs and Innovation 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Copyright Act 1968
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark; the
    Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
    to allow an application for an essentially derived variety (EDV) declaration to be made in instances where the plant variety the subject of the EDV application is not a registered Plant Breeder’s Right or undergoing application for Plant Breeder’s Right; the
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to reduce from five to three years the period that must elapse before certain actions of non-use actions of trade mark can be taken;
    Patents Act 1990
    to remove a requirement for patentees to provide the secretary of the department with certain data relating to pharmaceutical patents with an extended term; and six Acts to: streamline and align intellectual property (IP) processes in relation to the administration of the Australian IP system; and make minor amendments. Also repeals the
    Patents Amendment (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Act 1979

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to increase maximum excess levels for private hospital cover, the bill amends the
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    to: give effect to new maximum voluntary excess levels that are permitted for a complying health insurance policy to exempt the holder from the Medicare Levy Surcharge; and remove the grandfathering provisions that provided Medicare levy surcharge exemptions for certain policies that pre-date the commencement of the
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: establish a mandatory comprehensive credit reporting regime to apply from 1 July 2018; and expand the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s powers so it can monitor compliance with the regime; and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to impose additional requirements as to where and how data held by a credit reporting body must be stored. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003
    to: enable the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) to recover the costs of its oversight of well operations under greenhouse gas titles by imposing a well investigation levy, an annual well levy and a well activity levy in relation to greenhouse gas wells; impose the well activity levy on submission of a five-yearly revision of a well operations management plan and remove the levy imposed on applications for approval to commence well activities; clarify that it is a compliance investigation under the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    in relation to which a safety investigation levy or well investigation levy may be imposed; and remove certain spent provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: transfer regulatory responsibility for offshore greenhouse gas wells and environmental management from the minister to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA); strengthen and clarify the powers of NOPSEMA inspectors to monitor and enforce compliance by regulated entities with their obligations under the Act and associated regulations; ensure valid designation of certain areas as ‘frontier areas’ for the purposes of the Designated Frontier Area tax incentive; and make minor policy and technical amendments in relation to the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to: enable the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to determine certain acts which, when performed, would make a person liable to collect and report levies and charges; enable the publishing of certain statistical information; provide for the collection of production or processing information relating to a collection product; and make amendments in relation to the disclosure of certain information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to increase maximum excess levels for private hospital cover, the bill amends the:
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007
    to: increase maximum excess levels for products providing an exemption from the Medicare levy surcharge; enable age-based premium discounts for hospital cover; enable private health insurers to cover travel and accommodation costs for regional Australians as part of a hospital treatment; require insurers to maintain up to date information about complying health insurance products in the form of a ‘private health information statement’; require the minister to assess and determine whether or not to include a private hospital in a class of hospitals eligible for second-tier default benefits; and enable insurers to terminate products and transfer affected policy-holders to new products;
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    to enable age-based premium discounts to be made available to younger people; and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to provide the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman with powers to conduct inspections and audits at the premises of insurers or brokers. Also includes transitional provisions relating to the treatment of benefit limitation period inclusive policies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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